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Let Us Now Praise Famous Men: Three Tenant Families, Agee, James, and Walker Evans
1 Agee, James, and Walker Evans Let Us Now Praise Famous Men: Three Tenant Families
London Panther 1969 Reprint Paperback Good 12 mo 
428 pp. General and edgewear to illustrated covers. Spine a little creased, but binding is solid. Yellowing to edges of text block and outer page margins. Previous owner's name inked to title page. Internally unmarked. Photos in plates. "Magnificent and convincing: one of the great imaginative documents of 20th-Century America." -- The Guardian 
Price: 16.00 AUD
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Visiting Mrs. Nabokov, and Other Excursions, Amis, Martin
2 Amis, Martin Visiting Mrs. Nabokov, and Other Excursions
London Jonathan Cape 1993 0224038249 / 9780224038249 First Hard Cover Very Good Very Good Octavo 
274 pp. Extremely light edgewear to unclipped dustjacket. Faint smudging to upper edge of text block. Small, tidy remainder mark to lower edge of text block. Internally as new. "Fuelled by innumerable cigarettes, Amis provides dazzling portraits of contemporaries and mentors alike: Larkin and Rushdie; Greene and Pritchett; Ballard and Burgess and Nicholson Baker; John Updike -- literally warts and all. And then there's sport. In 'Gutted for Keith', Amis visits the world of darts and its disastrous attempt to clean itself up. An account of dirty tricks in world chess [Karpov v Kasparov 1986] reveals: 'It's not an art. It's a fight. It's a fight.'" 
Price: 25.00 AUD
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3 Bach, Edward. Edited by Julian Barnard Collected Writings of Edward Bach
Bath Ashgrove Press 1994 1853980730 / 9781853980732 Reprint Paperback Very Good Octavo 
224 pp. Light general and edgewear to illustrated wraps. Small corner crease to rear cover. Very faint dust foxing to upper edge of text block. Internally as new. "An indispensable source-book for users of Flower Remedies." 
Price: 45.00 AUD
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No Name in the Street, Baldwin, James
4 Baldwin, James No Name in the Street
London Michael Joseph 1972 0718107519 / 9780718107512 First British Hard Cover Very Good Very Good Octavo 
168 pp. General and edgewear (including discolouration to upper edge) to unclipped dustjacket. Edges of blue cloth boards a little worn. Foxing and splotches to edges of text block. Small stains to fewer than ten pages; otherwise internally unmarked. Solidly bound. "This is far and away Baldwin's most eloquent, personal, and complete expression on the subject of his times and society." 
Price: 20.00 AUD
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The Dublin Review Reader, Barrington, Brendan (editor)
5 Barrington, Brendan (editor) The Dublin Review Reader
Dublin Dublin Review Books 2007 0955658004 / 9780955658006 First Hard Cover Near Fine Very Good Octavo 
341 pp. Light general and edgewear to unclipped dustjacket. A few shallow dents to upper edge of text block. All else as new. Essays, travel writing, reportage, criticism and memoir from John Banville, Ciaran Carson, Anne Enright, Seamus Heaney, Michael Hofmann, Kathleen Jamie, Molly McCloskey, Derek Mahon, Lia Mills, Andrew O'Hagan, Ian Sansom, Colm Tóibín and others. 
Price: 20.00 AUD
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Saul Bellow Letters, Bellow, Saul. Edited by Benjamin Taylor
6 Bellow, Saul. Edited by Benjamin Taylor Saul Bellow Letters
New York Viking 2010 0670022217 / 9780670022212 First Hard Cover Near Fine Near Fine Octavo 
571 pp. Extremely light general and edgewear to unclipped dustjacket. Faint scuffing to edges of text block. All else as new. "In the Letters, as in everything he wrote, Saul Bellow never dipped below a certain level -- and that level is stratospheric." -- Martin Amis 
Price: 20.00 AUD
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7 Book, Luna C [editor] Many Women, Two Men: Stores and Poems
Ontario, Canada Dove Tail Press 2001 0968935001 / 9780968935002 First Soft Cover Very Good 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall 
194pp. Authors include: Claudia Carver; Netty Meyer; Marianne Paul; Leslie Bamford; Gary Kreller; Linda Robertson Paupst; Bob Paul; Dianne Whitman; Christine White. Very minor general and edgewear. 
Price: 20.00 AUD
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Life in Mexico (Everyman's Library, Vol. 664), Calderón de la Barca, Frances
8 Calderón de la Barca, Frances Life in Mexico (Everyman's Library, Vol. 664)
London and New York J. M. Dent / E. P. Dutton 1970 0460006649 / 9780460006644 Reprint Hard Cover Very Good Good 12 mo 
542 pp + 4 pages of catalog. General and edgewear to unclipped dustjacket. Previous owner's gift note to front free endpaper. Internally unmarked; solidly bound. Introduction by Manuel Romero de Terreros, Marques de San Francisco. "These pages faithfully portray the social, political and economic order of early nineteenth-century Mexico, as seen through the eyes of a particularly observant, cultured and gracious woman." 
Price: 16.00 AUD
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In Praise of Newspapers, Capek, Karel
9 Capek, Karel In Praise of Newspapers
London George Allen & Unwin Ltd 1951 First Hard Cover Good Fair 12mo 
140 pgs. DW, now protected, is worn, with numerous small tears along the edges and small (<5mm) pieces missing from top and bottom of spine; some foxing to DW, which is unclipped. Covers are mustard-yellow cloth with red lettering to spine. Faded at top and bottom, and slightly worn at extremities of spine. Interior is clean and tightly bound. Inked owner's inscription to title page, pencilled notes to ffep, and pencilled marginal lines (no notes) on 15 or so pages (2 or 3 instances of underlining). Translated from the Czech by M. and R. Weatherall. Essays: In Praise of Newspapers; Twelve Figures in Fighting with Pens, or a Handbook of Literary Polemics; On the Natural History of the Anecdote; A Few Notes on Popular Humour; Towards a Theory of Fairy-Tales; A Few Fairy-Tale Motifs; Some Fairy-Tale Personalities; Eros Vulgaris; Holmesiana, or About Detective Stories; Proletarian Art; In Praise of the Czech Language. 
Price: 35.00 AUD
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Inner Workings: Literary Essays 2000-2005, Coetzee, J.M. Introduction by Derek Attridge
10 Coetzee, J.M. Introduction by Derek Attridge Inner Workings: Literary Essays 2000-2005
Sydney Knopf / Random House 2007 1741668352 / 9781741668353 First Hard Cover Near Fine Near Fine Octavo 
304 pp. Extremely light edgewear to unclipped dustjacket. Light edgewear to boards. A little scuffing to edges of text block; faint stain to half-title. All else as new. "Coetzee the critic is every bit as good as Coetzee the novelist." -- Irish Times 
Price: 18.00 AUD
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Stranger Shores : Essays 1986-1999, Coetzee. J. M.
11 Coetzee. J. M. Stranger Shores : Essays 1986-1999
London Secker & Warburg 2001 0436233916 / 9780436233913 First Hard Cover Near Fine Near Fine Octavo 
374 pp. Extremely light edgewear to unclipped dustjacket. Faint yellowing to edges of text block and outer page margins. All else as new. "This volume gathers together for the first time in book form 29 pieces on booiks, writing, photography and the 1995 Rugby World Cup in South Africa." 
Price: 25.00 AUD
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and so forth, Dessaix, Robert
12 Dessaix, Robert and so forth
Sydney Pan Macmillan 1998 0732909430 / 9780732909437 First Hard Cover Near Fine Very Good 12mo 
432 pp. Light general and edgewear to unclipped dustjacket. Light wear to lower board edges. Faint yellowing to edges of text block and outer page margins. Internally clean, bright, solidly bound. Colour plates. "Making things new is not my forte. Seeing things anew -- from an odd angle, in an unexpected light, coloured differently -- somehow suits my nature better. It comes naturally, I suppose, to someone who believes he's living a compltely different life from the one he's actually in the middle of." -- Robert Dessaix 
Price: 15.00 AUD
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The Farthest North of Humanness: Letters of Percy Grainger 1901-14, Dreyfus, Kay (editor). Percy Grainger
13 Dreyfus, Kay (editor). Percy Grainger The Farthest North of Humanness: Letters of Percy Grainger 1901-14
South Melbourne and Crows Nest Macmillan 1985 0333380851 / 9780333380857 First Hard Cover Very Good Good Quarto 
542 pp. General and edgewear, including a few short tears and some creasing, to unclipped dustjacket. Light wear to lower board edges. Light foxing to endpapers. Internally unmarked; solidly bound. Black-and-white plates. Glossary of private language; list of abbreviations; chronology; index. 
Price: 36.00 AUD
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The Letters of T.S. Eliot: Volume I 1898-1922, Eliot, T. S.; Edited by Valerie Eliot
14 Eliot, T. S.; Edited by Valerie Eliot The Letters of T.S. Eliot: Volume I 1898-1922
San Diego Harcourt Brace Jovanovich 1988 0151508852 / 9780151508853 First Hard Cover Very Good Good Octavo 
639 pp. Light general and edgewear to unclipped dustjacket. Texta remainder mark on top edge of text block. Internally unmarked; solidly bound. Black-and-white photos in plates. List of Illustrations; Biographical Commentary and Editorial Notes; Index of Correspondents and Recipients; General Index. "The desire to write a letter, to put down what you don't want anybody else to see but the person you are writing to, but which you do not want to be destroyed, but perhaps hope may be preserved for complete strangers to read, is ineradicable. We want to confess ourselves in writing to a few friends, and we do not always want to feel that no one but those friends will ever read what we have written." -- TSE 
Price: 20.00 AUD
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The Pleasure of Reading, Fraser, Antonia (editor)
15 Fraser, Antonia (editor) The Pleasure of Reading
London Bloomsbury 1992 0747508135 / 9780747508137 First Hard Cover Near Fine Near Fine Quarto 
251 pp. Light wear (small creases) to upper edge of unclipped dustjacket. Tape shadows to front and back free endpapers. Endpapers are decorated with the signatures of all of the contributors -- authors and illustrators -- to the book. (Which could make this a good reference to check on your signed firsts collection.) Internally clean, bright, solidly bound. Contributors include, among many others, Patrick Leigh Fermor, Doris Lessing, Jan Morris, J.G. Ballard, Edna O'Brien, A.S. Byatt, Tom Stoppard, Margaret Atwood, Melvyn Bragg, Alan Hollinghurst, and Jeanette Winterson. 
Price: 16.00 AUD
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No Place for a Nervous Lady - Voices from the Australian Bush, Frost, Lucy
16 Frost, Lucy No Place for a Nervous Lady - Voices from the Australian Bush
Ringwood (Australia) McPhee Gribble / Penguin Books 1985 014007340X / 9780140073409 Reprint Good Octavo 
284 pp. Light general and edgewear to illustrated covers. Corners a little curled. Crease to upper front corner. Faint yellowing to edges of text block and outer page margins. Internally unmarked; solidly bound. Black-and-white illustrations in the text. "A fascinating collection of unpublished and intimate letters and diary entries by 13 women in 19th-century Australia." 
Price: 16.00 AUD
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Family Business: Selected Letters Between a Father and Son, Ginsberg, Allen and Louis. Edited by Michael Schumacher
17 Ginsberg, Allen and Louis. Edited by Michael Schumacher Family Business: Selected Letters Between a Father and Son
London Bloomsbury 2001 0747557241 / 9780747557241 First British Hard Cover Very Good Very Good Octavo 
412 pp. Light general and edgewear to illustrated covers. Lower board corners are bumped. A few small marks to edges of text block. Internally as new. Black-and-white plates. Includes index and a list of books by Allen and Louis Ginsberg. 
Price: 20.00 AUD
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Unpublished Correspondence of Henri De Toulouse-Lautrec, Goldschmidt, Lucien, and Herbert Schimmel, Editors, with an Introduction and Notes By Jean Adhemar and Theodore Reff. Letters translated from the French By Edward B. Garside
18 Goldschmidt, Lucien, and Herbert Schimmel, Editors, with an Introduction and Notes By Jean Adhemar and Theodore Reff. Letters translated from the French By Edward B. Garside Unpublished Correspondence of Henri De Toulouse-Lautrec
London Phaidon 1969 First Hard Cover Good= Good Quarto 
320 pp. Price-clipped dustjacket a little worn, covers a little dusty, binding just slightly loose, but interior bright and clean. Black-and-white plates. Appendixes, Bibliography, Genealogical Chart, Chronology, List of Illustrations. Transcriptions of the 273 original French-language letters by and about Lautrec written to his Family and Friends in the collection of Herbert Schimmel. 
Price: 12.00 AUD
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Angels and Ages: A Short Book about Darwin, Lincoln and Modern Life, Gopnik, Adam
19 Gopnik, Adam Angels and Ages: A Short Book about Darwin, Lincoln and Modern Life
London Quercus 2009 1847249299 / 9781847249296 First Hard Cover Fine Fine Octavo 
211 pp. As new. "Lincoln and Darwin grasped this double truth: modern liberal eloquence is rooted in fact, divided in feeling. In their lifetimes, they took the fatuous and optimistic liberalism of triumphal democracy and ever-improving nature and improvised towards a fatalistic but far from despairing idea of providence and the workings of time. All their angels are ages. They gave liberalism a tragic consciousness without robbing it of a hopeful view." 
Price: 14.00 AUD
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First Whisper of 'The Wind in the Willows', Grahame, Kenneth. Edited, with an Introduction, by Elspeth Grahame
20 Grahame, Kenneth. Edited, with an Introduction, by Elspeth Grahame First Whisper of 'The Wind in the Willows'
London Methuen 1944 First Cloth Good No Jacket 12 mo 
89 pp. Boards a little worn and stained. Edges of text block scuffed and discoloured. Internally unmarked and solidly bound. Frontis portrait of Grahame, four more b/w photos.. 
Price: 12.00 AUD
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